MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
20 March 2021, 09:04
Employees of Mospriroda found birds in the 19th and 22nd quarters of the natural-historical park “Bitsevsky Forest”.
Despite the cold and snowy spring, the starlings returned to Moscow. Mospriroda specialists found birds in the 19th and 22nd quarters of the Bitsevsky Forest Natural and Historical Park.
It is the starlings that are among the first to arrive, it is not for nothing that the well-known proverb says: if you see a starling, you know, spring is at the porch. The males are the first to arrive and look for places for nests: birdhouses or hollows. Females join them a little later.
The first days of spring are very difficult for migratory birds. If it is cold and they cannot find food for themselves, they can migrate back to the south to return again when the weather improves. Problems with food arise due to the thick layer of snow and the absence of thawed patches on which starlings hunt for insects.
Common starling is a songbird of the starling family, distributed over a large part of Eurasia. In southern Europe, starlings are sedentary, but in more northern regions, including Moscow, they are migratory birds. They migrate annually to southern Europe, northern Africa or India.
Outwardly, starlings are dull birds: small, with iridescent dark plumage and a yellow beak. Their peculiarity is an unusual voice. The starling can sing surprisingly beautifully and variedly, using whistles, creaks, clicks and various noises. Also, this bird can imitate the singing of other birds, even exotic ones, with which it came into contact in the south, as well as imitate the barking of dogs, cat meows, sheep bleating and even the croaking of frogs.
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